Florence and Cecil
Dori Lagoon Resort, Ra, Banks Islands, Vanuatu
Dori Lagoon Resort bungalow bedroom, Ra, Banks Islands, Vanuatu
Impressive spread at Dori Lagoon Resort, Ra, Banks Islands, Vanuatu
View across to Mota Lava, Banks Islands, Vanuatu
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Visitor Ratings (14 Votes) Rate it

Dori Lagoon Bungalows is on Ra Island. The bungalows were started by Francis and Charlotte McKenzie and now their daughter Florence and her husband Cecil look after the place.

Tankyu tumas Andreas and Isabelle for updating Dori Lagoon Bungalows.

Costs and Booking
Dori Lagoon Resort costs 2500 or 3000 Vatu per person per night, with meals. Exchange Rates.

You can call Florence on 7774881 (Smile mobile)and Cecil on 5397342 (Smile mobile) or 5646165 (Digicel mobile). In Port Vila you can call Charlotte on 5421053 (Digicel hemi tuf tumas!).

Accommodation and Food
Dori has four double bungalows. Mosquito nets are provided and the doors are lockable. Kerosene and coconut oil lamps are used for lighting.
There is a shared flush toilet and a bucket shower. Toilet paper and bath towels are provided.

The food at Dori Lagoon Resort is said to be the best on Mota Lava and Ra. Lunch or dinner may include chicken or fish with rice and aelan kaekae (lap-lap, breadfruit, pumpkin, cooked banana, watermelon, paw-paw). Breakfasts can include banana chips, yam, toast, egg, paw-paw and pamplemousse. Rainwater is supplied for drinking. Florence and Cecil are Seventh Day Adventists and it's best if you bring your own tea or coffee.

First surveyed: May 2004 by Stephen.
Last updated: June 2011 by Andreas and Isabelle.

Visitor Ratings for Dori Lagoon Bungalows Rate it
Date Ratings Comments
03/12/2014 Standard

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Absolutely recommendable. One of our favourite places in Vanuatu. Florence and Cecil have been so nice to us that we felt like staying in their bungalow for weeks. Our bungalow was neat, spotless and beautifully designed with local materials. The food is probably the best in the island.
15/08/2014 Standard

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J'ai passé 3 nuits dans le bungalow de Cécil et Rudy (ou Florence, son vrai prénom est Florence-Rudy) et j'ai adoré. Le bungalow est charmant et confortable, Cécil et Rudy veillent à ce que notre séjour se passe au mieux. Les repas sont copieux et variés, toujours des produits locaux, bien cuisinés. On se sent très vite intégré dans la famille et les gens sur Rah sont très chaleureux et accueillants. C'est un bon endroit pour se relaxer. La vue depuis le rocher de Rah demande un bon effort (un peu d'escalade) mais vaut le coup. Les pirogues taxis vous emmènent sur Mota Lava pour 10 vatus. Une très belle expérience!
29/11/2013 Standard

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This was our second visit to Dori Lagoon Bungalows. Once again we loved every minute of our stay. This time we took our three boys (aged 14, 4 & 3) and they all loved it. Florence and Cecil are the most welcoming hosts and can't do enough for you. Baby Tracy is simply adorable. As it was our second visit, we felt more like family then guests. Some things we enjoyed doing were exploring the island, Bambo fishing, snorkeling, day out exploring in the boat, day out at reef islands spear fishing, helping in the kitchen and talking with Florence and Cecil about island life. We will be back!
29/08/2013 Standard

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Cecil has a new phone number: 5397342 (instead of 7772855). Accommodation incl. food for a single adult:Vt2500.
This is a fantastic place to stay. Everything was exactly as I had hoped for:
Bungalows built from local materials, excellent & plentiful aelan kakae (mostly local/free range/organic), very attentive and sociable hosts Ruthie, Cecil and little baby Tracy!
The rock of Rah is worth climbing. Also ask Cecil about the mysterious remains of villages on Motalava they discovered in the early 2000s.
Reef Islands: check for other tourists in the bungalows on Rah and Motalava early in your stay & maybe they want to share the trip (VT30,000 for boat charter).
One note of caution about Rah:
There is a serious over-fishing problem around Rah Island. The chief has put a fish conservation area in place on the reef side of the island. At the moment, there are few and small fish only.
28/03/2013 Standard

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We stayed with Florence ('Ruthy') and Cecil in July 2012. The food was excellent and the bungalows were very comfortable, set in neat gardens right on the beach. They took us to the reef islands, which was a truly amazing experience. We climbed to rock of Ra, with beautiful views of the islands at sunset. Ruthy and Cecil were fantastic hosts, making us feel very welcome.
18/06/2011 Standard

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We where invited for diner by Cecil and Florence as guests from an other bungalow. The gourmet buffet they created was spectacular by any international standards, let alone the remote location and limited supply on a island. The food was all island style but with a western influence, perfect for the palate of spoiled tourists. Two different fish, three vegetables, the best breadfruit chips ever, fried rice and fruits. The company of Cecil and Florance is as good as their food. We can only recommend staying with them. We hope to be back. andi and isabelle
01/08/2010 Standard

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it was the best in our big travel in vanuatu we have been in torres and tanna and every thing was fabulous but here, i could stay all my life we are a french family (sorry for my english) with 3 children:11, 7,3 years old and a baby 19 month Florence ( the girl of the owner) and cycil (her boyfriend) looked after us very ggod the bungalows, the bed with good mosquitonet, the breakfast, the lunch and the dinner, the landscapes, the population of Ra island:every thing was excellent they like really the children and the babys:they did every thing for us and they always smile they are just happy everey time the fishing were fabulous with them i want absolutly to come back soon with all my best friends thank you for everything stephane, valerie,antoine(11y),augustin(7y),achgille(3y),anatole(19m)
12/03/2010 Standard

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My wife and I have just returned from Rah, Mota lava. We have lived in Port Vila, Vanuatu for four years and this was our first trip to the Bank's islands. The people of Rah island are the most genuine, caring and hospitable people we have ever met. We stayed at Dori Lagoon bungalows and would recommend it anyone who wants to experience the "real Vanuatu." During our stay, the bungalows were being run by the owners daughter Ruthy, her husband Cecil and Ruthy's cousin Elsy. During our stay they took fantastic care of us and truly made us feel like a part of their family. Ask Elsy to take you to the Women's Rock, an ancient toppled Volcano in the centre of Rah island with amazing views and custom stories from centuries past. Ask Cecil to take you spear fishing with his brother Joshua, or to organize a boat trip to the Reef Islands. Take your own fishing gear, heavy hand reals with surface lures will land you Dogtooth Tuna, Yellowfin, Mahi Mahi and other pelagic fish. Make sure you hit the kava bar.
14/06/2008 Standard

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Francis was not at home, but Charlotte and her daughters provided the most wonderful service, great cooking and assistance as we were on a mission to locate family. The toilet has been upgraded to a real one, though a bucket flush. That was good. Although shorts, long pants are OK in the area near the bungalow, adolescent females and older should wear sarongs or long skirts when visiting the village. This applies on Mota Lava also. Visitors should take soft sports bag/back pack luggage as these are easier to transport on canoe and plane, and older clothes, material off cuts, sewing gear that may be left for distribution by womens group. Simple solar lighting and pillar candles that last longer than the local 'store' variety can be left for the use of villagers after visitors depart.
29/05/2008 Standard

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My fiancé and I have just returned from tiny Ra Island off Mota Lava. We stayed with Francis and Charlotte and had a fantastic time. I’ve travelled extensively through the Pacific and Asia focusing on untouched places which there are many but generally come with uncomfortable living conditions. Francis and Charlotte are great hosts. Every meal was sensational and even after two weeks we still looked forward to each one eagerly. Francis is a great guide and a well known and respected man around the islands. We were the only tourists staying on Ra Island and the first ones for 2 months. If you’re looking for a holiday where you will most likely be the only ones there with beautiful scenery, smoking volcanoes, great snorkelling, fishing, people and food with unbelievable affordability this is the place.
22/03/2008 Standard

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What a wonderful place to visit! Francis, Charlotte and their family are the most amazing hosts. We were booked in to stay for one week but once we were there we didn't want to leave, so with Francis' help we managed to extend our stay 4 extra nights. If you are an active person there are plenty of things to keep you busy - fishing, snorkeling, swimming, hiking. Or if you prefer to spend your holiday relaxing it was far to easy spent hours laying in the hammock reading your book, listening to the local children laughing and playing. Charlotte's cooking was always superb and her daughters do a great job helping her. Francis was also available to organise anything we wished to do. The bungalows are great and very comfortable. I can't compliment Francis and Charlotte enough, we will never forget ...
22/10/2007 Standard

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We had a fantastic time staying a week with Francis and Charlotte. This place is a "must visit" if you are heading to the Banks Islands, it was the highlight of our Vanuatu trip. Francis organised several fishing trips for us (we took our own trolling and casting gear, and caught dogtooth, yellowfin, and heaps of skippies). There was plenty to do (hiking, village visits, fishing, learning to paddle an outrigger canoe and good snorkeling (guided by Francis's Nephew). Spending time talking with members of the extended family, learning about life in the outer islands was interesting and very enjoyable.
Two of the highlights of our stay were a visit to the gorgeous reef islands and Charlottes cooking which was absolutely fantastic. She should be listed in the Michelin Guide, five stars!!
24/06/2007 Standard

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This is an awesome place for a holiday. The view from the womens rock is amazing, the story behind this rock is very funny but holds true customary insight and value. This place is a step back in time and other islands are easily accessible.
27/12/2006 Standard

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